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Norm Vandal: If you can’t ban assault weapons, control them
Why not place restrictions and regulations on this huge cache of weapons and create a revenue stream that will support counteracting the terrible cost they impose on society?
Rick Weinstein: Climate change is humankind’s biggest uncontrolled experiment
How bad will things get? No one really knows.
Nicholas Boke: And so the fight against Prop 5 begins
The overstated hypotheticals provided in the flier are just the tack that Vermont pro-lifers had told us a few months ago that they were going to use to oppose the reproductive rights amendment to the state constitution.
Jess Hyman: Assistance animals are not pets
I’m writing to share some information about fair housing rights for people with disabilities, provide resources for anyone experiencing discrimination in their housing, and advocate for a shift in how transitional housing providers accommodate both assistance animals and pets.
Elayne Clift: How much more gun violence can we take?
Why is a junior, part-time cop in a small Vermont town allowed to carry a gun, especially without adequate training?
Victoria Rhodin: Why Vermont’s young kids aren’t getting the Covid vaccine
The clinic, an affiliate of Dartmouth Health, still didn't have the computer system set up, and the secretary had no idea when to expect it to be set up.
Tim Stevenson: Activism in the time of climate collapse
Just as the prospect of climate collapse is unparalleled in our experience, so must our response to it be both creative and imaginative.
Fred Baser: The affordable housing crisis — how come, and solutions￼
The housing picture that has led to today’s “crisis” has evolved over many decades. Fixing it will take courage. It is worth ruffling some feathers to make shelter available to all.
Fred 'Chico' Lager: Ben & Jerry’s benefited from a poetic investment
It wasn’t until 2014 that I scrolled down the list of shareholders and came across Kenward Elmslie’s name.
Woos & Smith: Vermont must defend and expand abortion rights
We, the people, have to demand reproductive justice, and we have to build a mass, independent movement to win it.
Lynn LaFleur: What is a man’s right to ‘personal reproductive autonomy’?
Protecting women’s rights has never been more critical. Creating a constitutional amendment that gives men a new right to reproductive autonomy equal to that of women seems like a darn strange and awfully foolish way to do it.
John McClaughry: 16 candidate questions for the general election campaign
Pressing candidates to respond to these questions will give voters a good measure of the views and abilities of people seeking elective office. Voters deserve to know what they’ll get by giving their votes.
Duane Sherwood: Who gets to tell me what I believe?
It is not your job to make everyone else comply with your personal beliefs. Just as neither of us has a right to tell the other what to believe, neither of us has a right to tell the other how to live. To think otherwise is absurd.